Factories

Toyota model made in Indiana getting sleek overhaul

March 27, 2013
Bloomberg News
Toyota Motor Corp. is revamping the Highlander SUV, turning the car-based crossover into a more wagon-like model as the automaker seeks to keep its U.S. sales rising for a third consecutive year.
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Rolls-Royce late with key part for F-35 fighter

March 25, 2013
Bloomberg News
Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc was an average of 160 days late last year in delivering equipment needed for the U.S. Marine Corps version of the F-35 fighter to hover and land like a helicopter, according to the Pentagon.
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Auto parts plant closing in northeastern Indiana

March 11, 2013
Michigan-based Ficosa North America Corp. has notified state officials that 137 employees will lose their jobs when the plant in Berne closes May 31.
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Factory workers struggling to bounce backRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
Dan Human
Thousands of Indiana’s rank-and-file factory workers have seen their earnings lose ground to that of white-collar workers. The gap has grown even as manufacturers expect their assembly-line workers to have more skills and more advanced education.
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Union workers at Goshen's Cequent plant take severance deal

February 23, 2013
Associated Press
The trailer-hitch manufacturer plans to close the 450-employee plant and move operations to Mexico. Union workers voted Friday to forego arbitration and accept a severance agreement that will pay the most senior employees $36,000.
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New microbrewer embraces history of near-east-side headquarters

February 23, 2013
Cory Schouten
A bottling house, which is all that's left of a brewing campus closed by Prohibition, will be home to two partners' startup this spring.
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Greensburg auto-parts plant plans expansion, 200-plus hires

February 12, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Automotive supplier Valeo expects to invest $15.5 million in new machinery for its Greensburg facility as part of its plans to expand operations in the plant and bring more than 200 workers onto the company payroll by 2014.
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Auto makers, including those in Indiana, enjoy big year

January 3, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Strong U.S. sales in December capped a remarkable year for the auto industry. U.S. sales of models manufactured in Indiana in 2012 by General Motors, Toyota, Honda and Subaru outpaced the national rate, rising 17 percent.
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Tipton manufacturer with 173 workers says its closing

January 3, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Steel Parts Manufacturing Inc. says it plans to close its plant in Tipton, ending employment for 173 workers. The company told the state the closure and layoffs will begin Feb. 28 and end by March 14.
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Sensient settles over use of 'popcorn lung' chemical

December 26, 2012
Scott Olson
The locally based flavor maker has agreed to reduce its usage of diacetyl, which had prompted fines from the state. The deal significantly reduces the amount of the penalty—from $325,500 to $99,000.
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Chrysler plans 400 more jobs, $212M expansion in Kokomo

December 17, 2012
Dan Human
Chrysler Group LLC on Monday night said it was planning to spend as much $212 million on another expansion in Kokomo that could add more than 400 jobs.
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Carbon Motors plans to build different vehicle in Indiana

December 17, 2012
Associated Press
A company planning to one day build high-tech police cars in a vacant eastern Indiana auto parts factory says it has a second vehicle that it plans to produce in Indiana.
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Buyer of vacant Connersville factory gets more time

December 17, 2012
Associated Press
Officials of an eastern Indiana city are giving the potential buyer of a large vacant auto parts factory more time to close on the purchase.
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UPDATE: Chrysler may find use for vacant Tipton plant

December 11, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The automaker has requested incentives to launch production in a nearly 800,000-square-foot plant that's been vacant since being built four years ago.
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Yogurt bares all, but container is recyclableRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
Company descended from Ball Corp. making recyclable glass packaging for product typically found in plastic.
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Subaru still considering Indiana plant expansion

December 5, 2012
Bloomberg News
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.’s Subaru unit is studying whether to expand its Indiana auto-assembly plant as the Toyota Motor Corp. affiliate seeks to boost U.S. output to curb currency losses and meet growing demand for its models.
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Auto parts supplier expanding Indiana operations

November 30, 2012
Associated Press
Tenneco Inc. plans on spending $18.5 million to expand its northeastern Indiana operations after winning a contract to supply emission-control parts to Chrysler. The manufacturer said it will hire an additional 100 workers.
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Glass factory's safety under state's lens yet againRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
Dan Human
Union leaders say working conditions are improving at the Pilkington glass factory in Shelbyville, but an employee’s injury in October has led to another visit from state safety officials and possibly more fines.
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Hostess says liquidation decision expected Friday

November 15, 2012
Associated Press
Hostess Brands said it likely won't make an announcement until Friday morning on whether it will move to liquidate its business, after the company had set a Thursday deadline for striking employees to return to work.
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Hostess: Firm to liquidate unless workers return Thursday

November 14, 2012
Dan Human
The maker of Wonder bread and Twinkies said it doesn't have the financial resources to survive the ongoing strike by the bakers' union.
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Truck-parts supplier expanding in Plainfield, adding 82 jobs

November 13, 2012
Troy, Mich.-based Meritor Inc., a global supplier of commercial truck parts, said it will consolidate North American remanufacturing operations by moving production from Ontario, Canada, to its facility in Hendricks County.
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Hostess plant closings so far spare Indy, Columbus

November 13, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The maker of Wonder bread and Twinkies said it is permanently closing plants in Cincinnati, Seattle and St. Louis. The company has about 875 workers in Indiana, about half of them members of the striking bakers' union.
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Defense contractors play wait and see on budget cutsRestricted Content

November 3, 2012
Dan Human
Indiana’s largest military contractors are questioning their future operations as they await word on whether the U.S. Department of Defense will lose up to $1 trillion in funding in the next decade.
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Lilly to spend $140M on new insulin cartridge plant

November 1, 2012
J.K. Wall
About 100 workers will staff the new plant, which will be constructed by spring 2014 and ready for operations in 2015. But only “some” of that number will be new hires.
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Company plans to close 450-worker Indiana factory

October 25, 2012
Associated Press
Michigan-based Cequent Performance Products factory is planning to close a 450-worker factory in Goshen where it makes trailer hitches.
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